|Message from the Head|
Nationally, the Department consistently ranks in the top 20 in National Institutes of Health funded research, as well as first in Chicago and the Big Ten, and second in the Midwest. This has gone hand-in-hand with rigorous and comprehensive education programs which have trained generations of mental health professionals to the highest standards for research and patient care. In addition to senior and mid-level researchers, we offer competitive training programs and post-doctoral fellowships in many aspects of mental health research. These include programs in child psychiatry and children’s mental health, a research track for residents in psychiatry, and a research component to clinical fellowship programs, including women’s health and psychosis.
The department hosts three institutes (Institute for Juvenile Research, the Psychiatric Institute and the Neuropsychiatric Institute) and three federally-funded centers (Autism, Mental Health Intervention in Schools, and Mental Health Services Research Policies), as well as the Brain Body Center, the Center for Cognitive Medicine, the Center for Health Statistics, the Center of Neuro-development Disorders, the Center on Mental Health Services Research Policies, the International Center on Human Responses to Social Catastrophes, the Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center, and programs on HIV and Addictions Neuroscience, and Mood Disorders and Suicide. Our Center for Cognitive Medicine is among the first in the nation to use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) for clinical purposes.
Numerous faculty members are national leaders in their respective fields. The Department’s faculty and research staff have had over 200 peer reviewed articles published in just FY 2010 alone. Many of these articles appeared in such top-tier journals as JAMA, Molecular Psychiatry, PNAS, Archives of General Psychiatry, Nature, and Biological Psychiatry.
In combination, the department has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to address major psychiatric disorders and to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness. For example, combining basic neuroscience and imaging in schizophrenia and autism has allowed for early identification of these disorders as well as a solid clinical program for first-episode schizophrenia. Expertise developed in child and community psychiatry has enabled screening for children in the public school system at risk for schizophrenia and bipolar illness. Anxiety disorder research has led to one of the Midwest’s strongest programs for combined pharmacological and cognitive behavior therapies. Our women’s program has a national reputation and has been recognized with the American College of Psychiatry’s prestigious Gold Achievement Award for innovative mental health services.
We are also looking forward to the future with efforts in community psychiatry, neuroscience and translational research. With this strong foundation, we are well positioned to participate in many new and exciting developments in the area of mental health and behavior.
This is a record of achievement and ongoing effort of which we are very proud, particularly as we witness the courageous progress of our patients and their families.I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our activities and the great people behind our success.
Anand Kumar, M.D.